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Vauxhall Nova MOT Results

73.4% pass rate
from 613 tests in 2020
Number of tests by age
Failure rates by item

Here you can drill down into the failure rates for each item on the test. We've also compared the rates to the average results for pre-1990 cars and highlighted areas where the Vauxhall Nova is unusually good or bad.

  • 13% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 3.3% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.3% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.1% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.98% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.16% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.9% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 2.1% fail on Horn
      • 0.98% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.16% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 2.3% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 2.1% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.1% fail on Headlamp
    • 1.5% fail on Stop lamp
    • 0.98% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.98% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.98% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.98% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.98% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.65% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.65% fail on Main beam tell-tale (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 9.0% fail on Brakes
    • 7.3% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.7% fail on Service brake performance
        • 4.7% fail on Rbt
          • 3.6% fail on Service brake performance
          • 1.8% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 4.6% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 4.6% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 3.8% fail on Service brake imbalance (83% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.49% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (83% better than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Rbt (sp) (82% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.33% fail on Rbt
          • 0.33% fail on Parking brake performance
    • 0.65% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.65% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.49% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.33% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.16% fail on Servos
    • 0.49% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.33% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.33% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.16% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.16% fail on Cable
    • 0.33% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.33% fail on Lever
    • 0.33% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.33% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.33% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.33% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.33% fail on Actuating linkage mounting (30 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.16% fail on Servos
  • 8.8% fail on Suspension
    • 4.7% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.1% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 1.3% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.49% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.49% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.33% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.16% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 1.1% fail on Springs
      • 0.82% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.65% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.16% fail on Mounting
      • 0.33% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.33% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.33% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.16% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.16% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.16% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.16% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.16% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.16% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
  • 7.7% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 3.8% fail on Transmission (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Drive shafts (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.6% fail on Joints (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.16% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.16% fail on Joints
    • 1.3% fail on Chassis
      • 1.3% fail on Chassis condition
    • 1.3% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.98% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.49% fail on Hose
      • 0.16% fail on Tank
      • 0.16% fail on Pipe
      • 0.16% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.65% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.65% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.49% fail on Seats
      • 0.49% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.16% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.33% fail on Body
      • 0.16% fail on Body condition
      • 0.16% fail on Other body component
    • 0.16% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.16% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.16% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.16% fail on Doors
      • 0.16% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.16% fail on Door condition
  • 5.2% fail on Visibility
    • 3.4% fail on Washers
    • 1.6% fail on Wipers
    • 0.16% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.16% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.16% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.16% fail on View to rear
      • 0.16% fail on Mirrors
  • 3.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 3.8% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 3.6% fail on Spark ignition
        • 3.3% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.16% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.16% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.16% fail on Catalyst emissions
      • 0.16% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.16% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.33% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.16% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.16% fail on Other leaks
  • 1.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.8% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.33% fail on Condition
  • 1.3% fail on Steering (66% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.82% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.33% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.33% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.16% fail on Steering play
      • 0.16% fail on Steering rack
  • 1.1% fail on Tyres
    • 0.65% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.33% fail on Condition
    • 0.16% fail on Size/type
  • 0.33% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.33% fail on Registration plates